BATES, Rev. Augustus Jr., 84, of Reader, WV went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 4, 2013 at his home.
He was born on April 2, 1929 in Hastings the son of the late Augustus and Anna Beaver Bates.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Edith K. "Middie" Bates, his five older brothers, Don, Elza, Glenn, Mack and Rex, and his two older sisters, Jewels and Nila.
Surviving are his three children, Kathy Wright of Reader, Gary (Pam) Bates of Elkins, WV, and Steve (Stephanie) Bates of Kingston, TN. seven grandchildren, nine great - grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn (Max) Wohnhas of Woodsfield, OH and several nieces and nephews.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed the sport of fishing. After a 26-year career at Ormet Corporation and another 15 years in private business, he pledged "Aloud" that he would catch every trout in every tributary in the mountains that he loved so well.
The Lord, however, had other plans. He would become a fisher of men. He eagerly traded his passion for fishing to that of sharing the gift of salvation with nearly everyone he met.
A veteran of the World War II era, Sgt. Bates served three years in the Army Air Corps.
Friends will be received on Monday from 4-7 p.m. at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove, WV.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Pine Grove at 1 p.m. with Leary VanHorn officiating.
Interment in the Nights of Pythias Cemetery, Hastings, WV.
Online condolences may be expressed at palmer funeral.com.